We’re making choices in this country based on the premise, it’s better to give up a little of our privacy and civil liberties and trust the government authorities won’t abuse their power in order of each of us to feel more secure.
Here are some of the routine measures
- Cellphone data spying.
- Surveillance cameras on almost every corner.
- Stop, frisk & harass.
- Police required to meet summons, ticket and stop quotas.
Darius Charney is a lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which brought a class-action suit against the NYPD. He points out that the overwhelming majority of those who get stopped are young black and Latino men from some of the city’s roughest neighborhoods.
“The racial composition of these neighborhoods is the most significant predictor of the stop activity. And to us, that’s a pretty damning piece of evidence and really, we think, shows that this whole practice is about race and it’s about occupying these communities of color,” Charney says.
Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, admits that the city’s stop-and-frisk policy may not be perfect. But she points out that crime — especially violent crime — happens disproportionately in minority neighborhoods.
Stop And Frisk By The Numbers
The New York Civil Liberties Union recently reported “the NYPD was set to make its 5-millionth stop and frisk.” “About 4.4 million of the encounters did not result in an arrest, according to the group’s data analysis, and more than 86 percent of people stopped were black or Latino.” Yearly stop-and-frisk data are available from the NYPD, and from the NYCLU, which breaks down the data by race. NYPD historical statistics show dramatic since 2001 as stop-and-frisk encounters increased.
“Last year, we had the lowest number of murders that we’ve had in 50 years, lowest number of shootings. Something is going right here,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly testified during the week of march 11, 2013 before the city council.
- Stop and frisk a dilemma for Bratton as NYPD head (wfaa.com)
- William Bratton to be named NYPD commissioner (nydailynews.com)
- Court Blocks NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Reforms, Removes Judge Who Found Program Unconstitutional (priceofliberty.tumblr.com)
- Stop and Frisk a Dilemma for Bratton as NYPD Head (bet.com)
- Mike Bloomberg, forever tied to ‘stop-and-frisk’ (thegrio.com)
- Cellphone data spying: It’s not just the NSA (usatoday.com)
- Stop-And-Frisk Lives On (dish.andrewsullivan.com)
- Bill would require warrants for law enforcement tracking of cellphones (jsonline.com)
- How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police (Chris Rock)
- What To Do When You’re Stopped By Police (The ACLU & Elon James White)